University Transfer

University transfer means you are taking courses at NIC with the goal of transferring those courses for credit at another post-secondary institution. We offer university studies courses in over 20 subject areas, a one or two year study plan created with help from our advisors and two-year diploma and associate degrees. Learn more about transferability.

Whether you know exactly what you want to study, or want to explore different course, NIC’s educational advisors are here to help you figure out which courses will work best for you. Explore courses

General Admissions

There are no formal admission requirements for university transfer. Each course has its own prerequisites that you will need to meet in order to take the course.

To be considered for general admission to NIC

  • An applicant must have graduated from secondary school, or equivalent, or be a minimum of 18 years of age or older within the calendar year in which they are applying to study and must also meet the program admission requirements.
    • Underage applicants, who are under 18 years of age, may request special admission by contacting their local campus and requesting an appointment with a counsellor.
    • The Office of the Registrar will provide an alternative application process for students who are both under the age of 18 and not a secondary school graduate within the calendar year in which they are applying to study.
  • An applicant must be a Canadian citizen or provide the following documentation, as applicable, as part of their application:
    • Proof of permanent resident status
    • Proof of convention refugee status
    • Proof of permission to study in Canada as an international student

Application Process

Step 1: Apply

You can apply to NIC online through Education Planner BC

Step 2: Receive NIC communication

All applicants will receive an email from NIC to your personal email address to confirm that your application has been received. The email will contain instructions for accessing your myNic account. myNIC allows you to register for courses and pay fees. You will also be sent your North Island College email address. All subsequent communication from NIC will go to your NIC email.

Step 3: Submit your transcripts

You must submit your official transcripts to ensure you meet the prerequisites as listed for your course description(s). Prerequisites must be met by the first day of class. Students coming to NIC directly from high school may ask the Ministry of Education to submit final grades electronically. Students may also request that LPI reports be submitted to NIC to meet English requirements. LPI results will be interpreted by Assessment Services. If you don't have your high school transcripts you may be able to meet the prerequisites by doing an assessment. Details of the assessment process can be found on the Assessment page.

Step 4: Pay your deposit and Register

Pay your deposit through your myNIC account or at student services to secure your seat. Sign up for the courses you want to take. See Registration for details on how to build your timetable and sign up for your courses.

Please note: there may be a delay between when you pay your deposit and when it is applied to your NIC account. Please wait until the following day so the payment can clear overnight.

Step 5: Pay your tuition

Tuition and fees are due by deadlines, as outlined in Academic Schedules and Deadlines (Key Dates).

Auditing a class

Students can register in a class as auditing student. Auditing a class means you are taking the class for your own enjoyment. You do not have to meet the prerequisites in order to take a class as an auditing student and will not receive academic credit for completion. For more information on auditing, see Policy 4-06 Student Audit Policy.